Payson

Payson is a city in Utah CountyUtahUnited States. It is part of the ProvoOrem Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,294 at the 2010 census.[3] The current mayor is Rick Moore, who in the 2009 election was the first write-in candidate to defeat an incumbent mayor in the state of Utah.[4]

The Latter-day Saints first settled in Payson in 1850.[5] The Payson Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff in 1872.[6]

Payson’s population has doubled since 1990, when the population was 8,700. Payson was at the southern end of Utah valley’s real estate boom.

Payson is where most of the 1984 hit movie Footloose was filmed, in settings such as Payson High School and Sudsie’s, a local car wash.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 2,135
1900 2,636 23.5%
1910 2,397 −9.1%
1920 3,031 26.4%
1930 3,045 0.5%
1940 3,591 17.9%
1950 3,998 11.3%
1960 4,237 6.0%
1970 4,501 6.2%
1980 8,246 83.2%
1990 9,510 15.3%
2000 12,716 33.7%
2010 18,294 43.9%

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(source: Wikipedia.org)